In South Carolina, a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction carries large fines, suspensions, and can even mean jail time. First-time offenders with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.08% can face fines up to $400, possible imprisonment, and a mandatory six-month suspension of your driver’s license.
While the circumstances leading to the arrest may vary, every arresting officer must adhere to a rigid set of protocol while performing the various tests associated with a DUI arrest. This includes mandatory video-taping or third-party officer witness to the field sobriety tests, mandatory 20-minute waiting period prior to administration of the Breathalyzer test, performing a control test on the Breathalyzer prior to its usage on the suspect, and various other procedural requirements meant to ensure the suspect’s rights are protected throughout the course of the arrest.
A suspect has the right to have a lawyer present while being field-tested at the suspect’s expense. A suspect has the right to refuse taking a Breathalyzer, but this comes with mandatory license suspension. A suspect has the right to a blood test taken at the suspect’s expense. While under arrest, the officers must explain all the rights a suspect has before each test can be performed.
Attorney Chase Harbin understands the complex and intricate legal procedures that must be followed during a DUI arrest. He has worked DUI arrests at every stage; including pre-trial discovery, trial, administrative hearings regarding license suspensions, and plea negotiations.
The team at The Law Office of Chase Harbin includes Fred Palmateer, a former Master Deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. Fred, a 16-year law enforcement veteran, headed up his own DUI Task Force Unit within the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. His law enforcement experience allows our team to present a well-rounded defense to the accusations against our clients. Our team takes great care to make sure your rights are protected and your interests are top priority when dealing with a DUI arrest.
If you or your loved one has suffered a DUI arrest, call The Law Office of Chase Harbin for a free initial consultation regarding the arrest and explanation of your rights moving forward. We also offer payment plans to assist you with the monetary costs of your case.